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The irony of sight is a prevalent theme in Sophocles Oedipus the King Both Oedipus and Tiresias are blind in their own respect Oedipus by his pride and Tiresias by his fate They also share a common bond in their intelligence perception and in their wit What makes their indisposition ironic is that Oedipus can see but is blinded by his pride and ignorance his two preeminent hamartias and Tiresias though physically blind can see what Oedipus cannot the truth Oedipus was a perceptive man gifted with keen judgement and understanding yet his lack of insight and his pride led to his demise not destiny Oedipus forte was deciphering riddles and unraveling any puzzles with the greatest of ease He had a talent for looking outward but unfortunately he had a deficiency of the ability to look inward This talent of looking outward made him renowned for deciphering riddles and mysteries including that of the sphinx Nevertheless when Tiresias appears and speaks in riddles Oedipus cannot solve them because of his lack of insight he is blind to the truth He is in a sense spiritually blind Tiresias on the other hand is full of insight and spirit and is in no way vain He represents the truth rejected by a willful and proud king all but the embodiment of fate itself Tiresias riddles are clear in what they state but Oedipus cannot comprehend them because he doesnt know himself well enough In one of Tiresias most blunt statements he says You are all ignorant I will never reveal my dreadful secrets or rather yours21 At this juncture in the play Oedipus still cannot perceive who the murderer of King Laius is even though the riddle is unsubtle As the argument escalates Oedipus insults Tiresias and questions his prophetic powers He mocks him and asks him where he was when the Sphinx chanted her riddle He goes on to say That riddle was
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